What happened on your birthday?

What’s Your Vietnam War Draft Lottery Number?

The Vietnam War draft lottery ran from 1969 to 1972. If you were born on February 16, would your number have been called?

  • Vietnam War 1969 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1970 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1971 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted
  • Vietnam War 1972 Lottery
    Not CalledNot drafted

Read on to learn more about the Vietnam war draft lottery.

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Bessie Smith makes her first recording "Down Hearted Blues."

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Van Wyck Brooks, biographer, critic and literary historian.

more events on February 16

  • 1978

    China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.

  • 1966

    The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.

  • 1965

    Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.

  • 1959

    Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.

  • 1957

    A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.

  • 1952

    The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.

  • 1951

    Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.

  • 1945

    American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.

  • 1944

    Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (The Sportswriter, Independence Day).

  • 1942

    Tojo outlines Japan’s war aims to the Diet, referring to “new order of coexistence” in East Asia.

  • 1940

    The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.

  • 1937

    Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.

  • 1934

    Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

  • 1923

    Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues.”

  • 1904

    George Kennan, U.S. diplomat and historian.